Nexus 6 aka Nexus X Announcement and Release Date Approaching

nexus 6 release infoThe Nexus 6 or Nexus X whatever it may be called will be announced and released October or November this year according to sources.

With all of the hype around Google’s next flagship device the Nexus 6 aka Nexus X there has been no word around its actual release date. This said there have been many sources reporting that the new Nexus X will be released in either October or November this year along side the official announcement of the device.

Google testing new features in Calendar and Gmail

google redesign calendar

Calendars are a dime a dozen and lets face it, how much can you really do to a calendar app to make it stand out from the pack. Well recent leaks from have shown us that Google is working on a slew of new features including a UI overhaul, daily agenda feature, and social integration from Google+. Hopefully we see something come of this.

Lenovo buying Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion

motorola, a lenovo company

Numerous sources reported today about a potential acquisition of Motorola Mobility that comes not even three years after Google bought it for $12.5 billion, and Lenovo just made the news official.

The Chinese-manufacturer announced that it entered into “a definitive agreement” with Google to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business in order to strengthen its own smartphone market, basically to give it a presence in the U.S.

Google releases Hangouts 2.0, KitKat Keyboard apps

hangouts 2.0

Google, having been rather busy of late, is pushing out software updates and app updates to smartphones all over the world. Today sees them issuing updated versions of the Hangouts app and KitKat Keyboard.

As you may already know, the Hangouts 2.0 app features integrated SMS capabilities, animated GIFs, device status, and location sharing in conversations. Suffice it to say, this is more than just bug fixes and tweaks.

Google patents tip shearing, sliding, and squeezing for future smartphones

patent pic1Recently discovered patents suggest that Google may be looking to make it easier for users to operate smartphones with only one hand. The patents, which were filed in Q2 2012, have Google turning to shearing, squeezing, and sliding for gestures and controls.

Given that smartphones are now pushing into 5-inches and larger we should expect that someone steps up to make it easier for users to get a handle on things. After all, what good is pull to refresh and one-tap updates if you’re still using two hands. Seems a little wasted, no?

Hangouts updated on iOS, more features than Android

hangoutsA recent post on Google Plus has revealed that Hangouts has been updated for iOS. Usually, this news would not spur a post here. The inclusion of features Android users do not yet have, however, has me curious.

The update includes every feature Android users have in our app. Further, new features we don’t have are available to iPhone users. No word yet on if or when we will see the Android app support this, however it’s quite possible they’ll be available with the Kitkat update.

Google acquires Flutter, a gesture recognition startup

flutter google

Google recently purchased the San Francisco based startup, Flutter, a company that helps to pull away from using a keyboard and mouse, allowing us to use gestures in order to manipulate controls on our computer. The projected price tag that Google paid, $40 million dollars, is just a drop in the bucket to the potential this could have on future technology.

Google working on Android-based game console

Google is in the process of developing an Android-based gaming console, reports the Wall Street Journal. Presumably tied to the Google Play Games announced at Google I/O, the console is said to be one of multiple pieces of hardware slated for Google’s roadmap. The others? An Android-based smartwatch and a successor to 2012′s Nexus Q.

Google Android Talking Shoes? Bluetooth Shoes?

talking shoes

Last week at South by Southwest (SXSW) Google has announced their new "Talking Shoes” as a not so stylish pair of Adidas high-tops. This is an experimental technology that Google has been working on and clearly they are making everything they can think of “smart” with Android technology. We aren’t sure what the practical use of talking shoes is exactly although its pretty cool just the same. Hopefully we can get a pair of these to actually test out.

Google Handwrite updated with improved recognition, multi-character input, and more

Google has updated their Handwrite feature within Google search. The update adds more functionality for defining similar characters, overlapping characters, and multi-character input for Chinese. These updates should help the user write faster and easier within Google Handwrite.

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